Offered for sale is an original 1965 UK issue of the debut album by The Who, My Generation.
About this copy: This copy of My Generation is an original 1965 UK mono pressing (there are no stereo issues) on the Brunswick label. This appears to be a first issue; the matrix numbers are:
The label also has the original “MT” tax code; this was replaced by “KT” shortly after release.
The cover is VG+, with a bit of ring wear and general yellowing. There are no rips, tears, or holes and no writing on the cover. The original plastic-lined inner sleeve is included.
Side 1 is VG++, and very close to M-. Side 2 is VG+, with a few light scuffs, likely caused by the inner sleeve. Each label only has a couple of spindle marks, so the record has likely only been played a few times. It sounds terrific.
A very clean copy of a record that is rarely found in playable condition and the only copy of this iconic LP that we’ve ever had for sale.
Background: My Generation (released as The Who Sings My Generation in the U.S.) is regarded as one of the most significant debut albums in rock history. While the album failed to make the charts in the United States when released in 1966, the 1965 UK release reached #5 on the UK charts.
It didn’t stay in print very long, however, and wasn’t released again in the UK until 1979, and even that reissue was out of print within a year.
The UK release was mono only; the relatively common “stereo” U.S. releases were rechanneled, or “fake,” stereo, with lots of reverb added.
The UK version of the album also has a track, “I’m a Man,” that was not included on the U.S. release (It was replaced by “Instant Party.”)
While copies of the original UK issue do turn up for sale from time to time, they’re usually in rough shape, as this was an album that most buyers played a lot. Mint copies have sold for as much as $1500.
Allmusic.com gave My Generation a rare 5 star review:
An explosive debut, and the hardest mod pop recorded by anyone. At the time of its release, it also had the most ferociously powerful guitars and drums yet captured on a rock record. Pete Townshend’s exhilarating chord crunches and guitar distortions threaten to leap off the grooves on “My Generation” and “Out in the Street”; Keith Moon attacks the drums with a lightning, ruthless finesse throughout. … While the execution was sometimes crude, and the songwriting not as sophisticated as it would shortly become, the Who never surpassed the pure energy level of this record.
You can listen to “The Kids are Alright” here:
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